MTV Developing 'Paranormal Activity'-Style Drama (Exclusive)

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"The Experiment," based on a story by Brian Horiuchi and Miguel Sapochnik, hails from "Paranormal's" Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions.

MTV is experimenting with darkness.

The network is currently developing an hour-long “found-footage mystery” project in the style of Paranormal Activity, titled The Experiment. The scripted effort is based on a story by Brian Horiuchi (Terminal D) and Miguel Sapochnik (House), with Paranormal’s Jason Blum (The River) executive producing through his Blumhouse Productions. Naomi Despres (The English Teacher) is also attached as an EP, with Horiuchi set to write and Sapochnik on board to direct.

If ordered to series, Experiment will join a growing roster of scripted entries on the younger-skewing network’s schedule. Among them: Teen Wolf, which was recently renewed for a third season of 24 episodes; upcoming comedy Inbetweeners, set to bow August 20; and the fall comedic drama Underemployed from Craig Wright. Earlier this morning, The Hollywood Reporter reported exclusively that MTV has ordered a 20-episode third season of Awkward.

Horiuchi and Sapochnik are no strangers to the genre. Horiuchi penned RCVR, an award-winning transmedia sci-fi effort, and is writing and directing Rosario Dawson's upcoming Parts Per Billion; while Sapochnik, whose helming credits include Fringe, Awake and TNT’s Falling Skies, is set to direct Ecosse Films’ sci-fi thriller Terminus.

Horiuchi is repped by the Gersh Agency, Untitled Entertainment and Behr Abramson. Sapochnik is repped by WME and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.

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